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Miroslav Šatan (born October 22, 1974 in Jacovcemarker, Czechoslovakiamarker) is a Slovakmarker professional ice hockey right winger who is currently an unrestricted free agent in the National Hockey League. He and wife Ingrid have a son, Miroslav Jr., born in March 2006 and a daughter Viktoria born July 2009

Playing career

Edmonton Oilers

Šatan was drafted 111th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. Prior to his entry into the NHL, he played in the Czechoslovak and Slovak leagues and he had scored 9 goals in 8 games representing Slovakiamarker at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games.

In 1994–95, Šatan played a season in the minor leagues, split between four teams including the Oilers' farm club in Cape Breton and the IHL's Detroit Vipers. While with the Vipers, he scored the winning goal in an exhibition game against Wayne Gretzky's Ninety-Niners, an all-star team put together by Gretzky during the 1994 NHL lockout.

Buffalo Sabres

After two seasons with the Oilers, the highly skilled winger was traded to the Buffalo Sabres for Craig Millar and Barrie Moore. He firmly established himself as a top-line forward and one of the key players of the Buffalo team. He would lead the Sabres in scoring on six occasions. During the 2004–2005 NHL labor dispute, Šatan played for HC Slovan Bratislava in the Slovak League. After the Lockout, Šatan was not offered a contract by the Sabres.

New York Islanders

Šatan signed as a free agent with the New York Islanders on August 3, 2005. He led the Islanders in goals in the 2005–06 season. His 35 goals during the season were his highest goal-output since the 2001–02 season, with the Buffalo Sabres. Almost half his 35 goals came on the power play (17), also a career personal best. Šatan tied for the team lead in points with 66, shared with captain Alexei Yashin. Also in 2005–06, Šatan went 7-for-10 (70%) and was third in the league in shooting percentage in the shootout.

On December 2, 2006, he scored his 300th career goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Earlier in the season he had recorded his 300th career assist and his 600th career point.

On March 24, 2007, Šatan missed the Islanders' game in Philadelphiamarker for personal reasons, ending a streak of having played in 305 consecutive games. It was the fourth longest active streak at the time, and marked the second time in his career that he has played over 250 consecutive games. He had a 256 game streak as a member of the Buffalo Sabres that ended in November 2002.

Pittsburgh Penguins

On July 3, 2008, Satan signed a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the 2008-09 season, Satan was placed on waivers by Pittsburgh on March 4, 2009, the same day as the NHL trade deadline. Having not been claimed by another team, Satan was assigned to the Penguins AHL affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. In Wilkes-Barre, Satan had three goals and nine points in 10 games. Various reports credited him with being upbeat and a good influence, especially with the younger players.

On April 10, 2009, Satan was recalled by Pittsburgh and cleared re-entry waivers. Miroslav re-established himself with the Penguins in the playoffs when he played against the Washington Capitals in game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals on April 23, 2009. He then played in 9 games and won his first ever Stanley Cup Championship as a member of the Penguins.

The Penguins did not re-sign Satan when his contract expired at the end of the season and he was not signed during the free agency period.

Awards



Records

  • Led Buffalo Sabres in Points scored six times
  • 10th place on Buffalo Sabres all-time scoring list with 224 goals and 232 assists (7th in goals scored)


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 HC Topoľčany CZE.1 9 2 1 3 6
1992–93 HC Dukla Trenčín CZE 38 11 6 17
1993–94 HC Dukla Trenčín SVK 30 32 16 48 16
1994–95 Cape Breton Oilers AHL 25 24 16 40 15
1994–95 Detroit Vipers IHL 8 1 3 4 4
1994–95 Detroit Falcons CoHL 1 0 2 2 2
1994–95 San Diego Gulls IHL 6 0 2 2 6
1995–96 Edmonton Oilers NHL 62 18 17 35 22
1996–97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 64 17 11 28 22
1996–97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 12 8 2 10 4 7 0 0 0 0
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 22 24 46 34 14 5 4 9 4
1998–99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 40 26 66 44 12 3 5 8 2
1999–00 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 33 34 67 32 5 3 2 5 0
1999–00 HC Dukla Trenčín SVK 3 2 8 10 2
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 33 62 36 13 3 10 13 8
2001–02 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 37 36 73 33
2002–03 Buffalo Sabres NHL 79 26 49 75 20
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 29 28 57 30
2003–04 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 7 6 4 10 41
2004–05 HC Slovan Bratislava SVK 18 11 9 20 14
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 82 35 31 66 38
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 81 27 32 59 46 5 1 2 3 0
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 80 16 25 41 39
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 65 17 19 36 36 9 1 4 5 7
2008–09 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 3 6 9 4
NHL totals 1,012 354 367 721 452 56 15 23 38 14
CZE/SVK totals 105 72 51 123 57


International play

Played for Slovakiamarker in:



References

  1. Mirolav Šatan's Profile at HockeyDraft.ca


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